IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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A small West African forest Afrixalus (males 19-23 mm, females 23-27 mm) with yellowish white dorsum, with a darker or lighter brown pattern of a constant shape. The males lack asperities (Schiøtz 1999).

The form was originally described as a subspecies of the central African A. laevis (Schiøtz 1967), but the differences between the two seem to warrant specific separation. The characteristic pattern of A. vibekae is thus only found in very few of the otherwise very variable A. laevis and the voice is different (Schiøtz 1999).

The forest-living species A. laevis, A. lacteus, and A. uluguruensis are similar and possibly closely related (Schiøtz 1999).

This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main, and updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.


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